Former President Goodluck Jonathan has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to look elsewhere for the person to blame for his alleged failure, saying he (Jonathan) should not be held responsible.
The former President was reacting to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in which he blamed the failure of Buhari to appoint ministers until six months after taking over office on the administration of Jonathan.
Speaking on a Channels Television programme on Monday, Shehu had claimed that it took President Buhari, who was sworn in on May 29, 2015, six months to appoint his ministers because the “President was given handover notes 48 hours to the handover of power.”
But Jonathan said it was strange that the President was still looking for the person to blame for his alleged failure even three years after he assumed office. The former President spoke via a statement by his spokesman, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, in Abuja on Monday.
The statement read in part, “One thing is as clear as daylight: The Jonathan administration has absolutely nothing to do with the failure of this government to appoint ministers early enough to inspire confidence in investors because it is obvious that handover notes from a predecessor does not contain the list of ministers for the incoming administration.”
Eze said Jonathan magnanimously set up a transition team that produced the handover document which Buhari received ahead of his inauguration.